Questions tagged [blood-pressure]

the pressure of circulating blood on the walls of blood vessels. When used without further specification, "blood pressure" usually refers to the pressure in large arteries of the systemic circulation. Use this tag in questions related to measurement and study about blood pressure and diseases which involve high/low/irregular blood pressure.

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Will renal blood flow decrease in response to dehydration?

If dehydrated, does the correction of ECF osmolarity happen slowly enough for ECF (and therefore plasma) volume to be temporarily depleted and therefore reduce renal blood flow? If dehydration is ...
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Consequences of abnormal blood pressure unrelated to cardiac output?

A question from Kaplan's MCAT Biology Review asks: In bacterial sepsis (overwhelming bloodstream infection), a number of capillary beds throughout the body open simultaneously. What effect would this ...
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The blood pressure when blood comes out of body

Is there any certain amount of pressure difference between our blood pressure and barometric pressure when blood of our body begins to come out?
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Can severe vasoconstriction increase systolic blood pressure?

I know that, vasoconstriction results in increased total peripheral resistance which is responsible for the rise in diastolic blood pressure. Also, cardiac output is responsible for the systolic blood ...
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Relationship between blood pressure time series and ventricular dynamics of the heart

The answer to this question is probably very straightforward, but I have actually had some difficulty finding an explicit answer online. To what extent does the oscillatory pattern of arterial blood ...
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Why do arteries have a small lumen? [closed]

My biology textbook says that arteries have a small lumen relative to the thickness of their walls. I understand why they need thick walls, to withstand high pressure and stretch etc. But when ...
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Edema and hydrostatic pressure

I'm currently studying Robbins basic pathology, and I'm confused about a specific statement: It states in the book that when hydrostatic pressure is low due to a lack of albumin synthesis, it leads ...
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Osmosis and hydrostatic pressure

I'm confused about the role of hydrostatic pressure compared to osmotic pressure. Q1:If I have a U-tube with a membrane permeable only to water molecules and equal volumes of water on either side ...
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Why is angiotensin converting enzyme localized in the lungs

I understand that it's also found elsewhere, such as in renal capillaries, but I can't see logic behind it being located in the lungs. Isn't ACE's function, through making more angiotensin II, causing ...
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Why does a stronger heart cause blood pressure go down

Intuitively, why does a stronger heart cause blood pressure to go down? The answers I've found from a cursory google search seem to indicate that it has to "work less hard" to pump the blood and that ...
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Pressure measurement blood flow

During blood pressure measurement, when the flow within the arteries of the arm is interrupted, how is blood flow redistributed to the rest of the circulatory system? Is it possible that more blood ...
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Vasoconstriction and blood flow

The resistance in a blood vessel is equal to the pressure difference divided by the blood flow. Let us now say that a sympathomimetic causes vasoconstriction which increases the resistance. Does this ...
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Cardiac cycle and atrial contraction

During atrial contraction ("a" in the figure), why does the ventricular pressure match the atrial pressure? The ventricular pressure generally stays the same throughout passive filling until it ...
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In oscillometric blood pressure measurement, why do we assume that highest oscillations correspond with mean arterial pressure?

As far as I've seen, the point on the oscillometric curve where there are greatest oscillations represents the mean arterial pressure (MAP). My question is - why? What is the logic behind this ...
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Will being very muscular (to the point that one is characterised as obese by BMI) increase blood pressure?

It is widely accepted that obesity/overweight (which I believe refers to people with a high amount of fat cells instead of bodybuilders who weigh a lot due to lots of muscle cells) have higher blood ...
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Blood pressure in the blood vessels

Why do the capillaries have a lower blood pressure than the arteries even though the capillaries lumen is much narrower. Wouldn't the narrowness of the blood vessel increase the pressure? Also the ...
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How increased potassium intake increases sodium excretion?

"K+ antagonises the biological effects of Na+". I have been reading the same many times without any explanation. How actually (mechanism) K+ helps excretion of Na+?, their interactions? And eventually ...
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What could an increase in systolic blood pressure and decrease in diastolic mean?

Sorry if this is a really simple question but my academic background is in completely different sciences. I recently made a computer game for an experiment that was related to anxiety and relaxation. ...
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Osmotic Pressure in Capillaries [closed]

In this diagram, D is apparently the point at which "the osmotic pressure into the capillaries is the greatest", but I cannot figure out why. Any help would be much appreciated!
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Physiological Effect of Mannitol

Which Starling Force is affected by Mannitol? I am either thinking hydrostatic pressure of interstitial fluid (because it increases interstitial fluid volume) or hydrostatic pressure of capillary (...
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How can potassium rich foods reduce blood pressure?

How come sodium increases blood pressure, but potassium, which has to some extent similar properties helps lower it?
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Is a one ventricle heart feasible?

So this is derived from a lesson at Khan Academy. The mind activity assumes that the one ventricle heart pumps blood to the lungs for oxygenation then rest of the body. However, the problem is that ...
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High Blood Pressure - Na or NaCl? [closed]

What is the cause of high blood pressure? or, Which foods can cause high blood pressure? Is it just sodium, or sodium chloride? I'm confused because sodium chloride should ionise in the aqueous ...
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Exsanguination Time from Damage to Major Arteries

For a game project, I need to study how much blood loss is suffered when the major arteries of the human body are severed. I believe there are medical textbooks that have collected data on blood ...
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Why do people perceive blood pressure as the force that moves the blood forwards (see details)?

For example "Veins contain a lot of valves because the blood pressure inside them is low.". This wouldn't make any sense unless if blood pressure was perceived as the force that drives the blood ...
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How are limits determined for systotic and diastotic blood pressure?

I know that the upper limits for systotic/diastotic blood pressure are 120/80. What is the mathematics behind these numbers? I am curious because I did not find information regarding how the numbers ...
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Does capillary blood pressure have any effect on how much oxygen or nutrient gets distributed to tissues?

From what I have read regarding blood pressure and blood flow, I've come to the conclusion that, apart from the osmolarity of blood, the only determinant of how much oxygen/nutrients the tissues get ...
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How does sodium ion increase blood pressure?

So I have been reading about the RAAS system and I was wondering how natrium (sodium ) ions increase blood pressure.I have been looking up on the internet and have yet to find an answer.Help
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Why is it always Sodium that we talk of in blood pressure?

Why is that we emphasize so much on sodium in blood pressure? I understand that it is a major extracellular ion, but, it also is tightly regulated. So when something is that tightly regulated, won't ...
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How does the mechanism which controls blood pressure in the brain work?

I know that pressure is sensed in the skin by mechanoreception mediated by skin receptors. Static pressure stimuli are mainly sensed by slow-adapting fibers connected to receptors like the Merkel ...
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What is the normal blood water content

What is the normal water volume per 1 L of blood, and how much deviation from that norm causes dehydration or hyponatremia?
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Is lowered blood pressure a primary lethal symptom of an opiate overdose?

When someone has a opiate overdose, they can have no or almost no pulse and can have shallow breathing or stop breathing. When you stop breathing (for example) by drowning, you can survive for a long ...
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Saturation vapor pressure effect on human body [closed]

I found this calculator: http://www.decatur.de/javascript/dew/ It calculates the dew point based on temperature and humidity. In the result it is mentioned the saturation vapor pressure. I barely ...
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Why do changes in preload not cause changes in end systolic pressure?

I am trying to understand why changes in preload do not cause concomitant changes in end systolic pressure. If you have preload enhancement than this should lead to an increase in cardiac output.....
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Blood pressure measurement

When measuring your blood pressure in your arm, when you hear the sound to measure the systolic, is that sound NOT the heartbeat?
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How does pressure measured by sphygmomanometer translate directly to blood pressure?

As per my understanding a sphygmomanometer when wrapped around the arm and inflated only measures the pressure of the air inside the cuff, doesn't it? How does that translate directly to the pressure ...
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Difference between pulse and blood pressure

I'm a very naive and biologically illiterate person, and from what I've read on the internet I'm not really sure I understand the difference between pulse and ...
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Arm at Heart Level when Measuring Blood Pressure

How come that one's arm has to be at heart level so that the blood pressure can be measured accurately. I've tried researching this question, but most answers to it were just "if the arm is above the ...
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What creates the feeling of 'excess' blood pressure to an area of the body?

If I hang upside down, and feel blood rushing to my head, what structures are actually responsible for me "feeling" this excess flow of blood? Baroreceptors? Mechanoreceptors? Something else? ...
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How can heart disease cause dizziness after eating?

I have been reading several articles explaining dizziness after eating (see here and here), and both articles gloss over something that I found pretty remarkable. Both articles claim that "heart ...
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Is the molecule nitric oxide responsible for healing blood vessels?

Is the molecule nitric oxide responsible for healing blood vessels? How does nitric oxide heal the blood vessels? I watched a documentary about the healing effects of nitric oxide. In the video I saw ...
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Why can blood vessel contraction be described as a second order system?

Suppose that the x-axis represents time, and the y-axis vessel diameter. Then this graph is claimed to roughly describe what happens when the blood pressure increases, then decreases. When the ...
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Specialist evaluation for people aged under 40 years with stage 1 hypertension

Reading the NICE clinical guideline for Hypertension it says... For people aged under 40 years with stage 1 hypertension and no evidence of target organ damage, cardiovascular disease, renal disease ...
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Why does weight loss lower blood pressure?

I have read that weight loss is an effective lifestyle modification for people with hypertension, and systolic pressure may be reduced by up to 1-2 mmHg for every 1kg of weight lost. What is the ...
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What studies are there showing the effectiveness of any substance on canine hypertension?

Searching on http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov I could only find the article titled as "Telmisartan Treatment of Refractory Proteinuria in a Dog".
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Thrombus and Embolii

Can treatment of thrombus cause embolism, in case of very high blood pressure, that may even lead to a heart attack ? As the very high Blood pressure may cause some of the enzymes not act completely ...
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People say the cardiac cycle depends on blood pressure? How so?

I know what the cardiac cycle is. There are two phases diastole and systole. One is the relaxed, and the other is the contracted form of the heart. The diastole is where blood is pumped to the ...
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What is the blood ejection speed outward from human body vein? [closed]

At what height blood can eject from human vein ? I see, sometime there is direct blood transfer from one person to patient. So sometime blood bottle is kept at certain height and blood is transfered ...
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How do cellphones calculate heart rate?

How do cellphones calculate heart rate ? I understand that the cameras there try to count undulation in blood flow, but is the method of calculation same as that of professional SpO2 monitors ?
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Can too low oncotic pressure lead to Third spacing and Edema?

I know that low oncotic pressure is associated with many pathologies. I am interested how it is associated with Third spacing. My professor says that it can permit edema formation. The opposing ...